Task-Oriented Email App 'Mail Pilot' Now Available for Mac

Thursday January 16, 2014 7:32 AM PST by Juli Clover
Originally a 2012 Kickstarter project, Mindsense's long awaited Mail Pilot email client is now available from the Mac App Store following a beta testing period that began in June. Mail Pilot focuses on the idea that email is action-based, providing users with a number of ways to deal with email messages.

Taking a cue from most standard email apps, Mail Pilot organizes emails into a two column design. A complete list of inbox messages is displayed on the left side of the screen while full email messages are displayed in the right column when an email is selected.

All incoming messages are marked as incomplete and can be dealt with using the following actions from the bottom menu bar: Complete, Remind, Set Aside, and List. While Complete marks an email as read and instantly archives it, the other included functions give users new ways to deal with their messages.

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Remind allows emails to be dealt with on a specific date, which the developers suggest is useful for emails about bills and meetings. Set Aside files emails until later, a useful function for emails that require more time than a simple read through, and the List button aggregates related emails together, useful for wishlists, read it later lists, and collecting information on a specific event. Delete and folder options are also available.

At the top of the app, various inboxes can be accessed from a tabbed menu. There's a standard inbox, along with an inbox that displays messages received in the last day, and two inboxes for emails filed as Set Aside or Remind.

Emails added to lists are accessed from the separate and collapsible "Sources" menu bar, which also houses a list of archived, sent, and deleted messages. Composing an email is also done in a separate popup window that includes a text box with simple formatting options.

Mail Pilot is the email client reimagined from the ground up. We ignored all notions of common email clients, and we focused on how an email client could fit modern email workflows and uses. Realizing that all email messages are action-based, we developed Mail Pilot and its feature-set to empower users to use email in an intuitive and productive way.
Many companies have aimed to reinvent email in recent years with apps like Dropbox's Mailbox, but there remain few highly rated email apps for the Mac. While Mailbox does include much of the same action-oriented email functionality found in Mail Pilot, it is limited to iOS. Mail Pilot, while newly released on the Mac App Store, has been available for the iPhone and the iPad since April of 2013 and is able to offer a multi-device experience.

According to the developers, Mail Pilot works with Google, iCloud, Yahoo, Outlook.com, AOL, and standard IMAP/Exchange with IMAP email accounts, but App Store reviews indicate that iOS users have had issues getting some email accounts to work properly.

Mail Pilot for Mac can be downloaded from the Mac App Store for the introductory price of $9.99. [Direct Link]

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11 months ago

I agree with your edit. In general I use the Apple provided apps and for me to replace it with another app requires that it does the basics very well (like apple does) and then provide something extra that I want. For me it has to be in that order. All too often I see a feature I really like but then find out the basics are not as good as the apple default app. Now, I have not tried this app, so I am not saying anything about this app. I am just agreeing with the sentiment that the old adage about if something ain't broke....


The idea is fantastic. However, I'm not sure I can let go of either the conversation view or the phenomenal search capabilities of the default mail app.
Rating: 2 Votes
11 months ago

This is really tempting, right now I am using Mailbox on iPhone/iPad and AirMail on Mac. It works pretty well, but I like that this app doesn't use a third party server like Mailbox.

Have any Mailbox users tried this out yet? Thoughts?

Also does this let you limit how much email it downloads on the Mac? I gave up on Mail.app because it wanted to download every single email message from all my accounts which meant my 256GB SSD was toast because I had to store the entirety of my email archive from the past 10 years. So that is another concern.


EDIT: On second thought, I just took a look at the iPhone app reviews...and they are not good. Not sure I want to switch from what is working for me right now...


I agree with your edit. In general I use the Apple provided apps and for me to replace it with another app requires that it does the basics very well (like apple does) and then provide something extra that I want. For me it has to be in that order. All too often I see a feature I really like but then find out the basics are not as good as the apple default app. Now, I have not tried this app, so I am not saying anything about this app. I am just agreeing with the sentiment that the old adage about if something ain't broke....
Rating: 2 Votes
11 months ago
I think Apple should extend it's tagging to the mail.app.
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11 months ago
I was part of the beta. At first the app was INCREDIBLY buggy. Messages disappeared and reappeared at random, messages makes as completed would revert to their previous state. Fun.

The app is much more stable now. However the iOS app still is very buggy itself. I was told that an update is in the works but that was 2 months ago.

Right now I am using Mailbox on iOS and Mail.app on the Mac. I will wait for either to Mail Pilot for iOS to be for stable or for Mailbox to be available for Mac before I switch to a uniform email client across both platforms.
Rating: 2 Votes
11 months ago
Disappointed to read the phone/ipad reviews. This sounds as though it is exactly what I am after as I use my email as my todo list.
Rating: 1 Votes
11 months ago
This is really tempting, right now I am using Mailbox on iPhone/iPad and AirMail on Mac. It works pretty well, but I like that this app doesn't use a third party server like Mailbox.

Have any Mailbox users tried this out yet? Thoughts?

Also does this let you limit how much email it downloads on the Mac? I gave up on Mail.app because it wanted to download every single email message from all my accounts which meant my 256GB SSD was toast because I had to store the entirety of my email archive from the past 10 years. So that is another concern.


EDIT: On second thought, I just took a look at the iPhone app reviews...and they are not good. Not sure I want to switch from what is working for me right now...
Rating: 1 Votes
11 months ago
I think the interface is pretty ugly compared to the alternatives to be honest. Especially at $9.99.
Rating: 1 Votes
11 months ago
I'm an extremely happy Mailbox user. But it has the disadvantage of not have a mac client. Mailbox is saying already for a long time that a desktop client is coming. It is disappointing that it takes so long.

Mail Pilot is tempting, since it has the workflow processing from Mailbox and is available for both iOS and OSX. But both the price and comments keep me from switching, woul be better if they allowed at least a free trial period.

I keep hoping for Mailbox to release their mac client... Any news on that?
Rating: 1 Votes
11 months ago
Another software designed as a brain-replacer. The idea of email designed to help you handle your to-do list is not that useful to me.
Rating: 1 Votes
11 months ago

Well there you go then. There is no accounting for taste.


Apple, Google, Microsoft, and just about everyone else writes UI guidelines for a reason. And that reason is that they want developers to use it. Nothing wrong with thinking out the box, but it should be done elegantly to work with the existing environment.

Obviously a LOT of people aren't happy with it.
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